So I have this sentence: "These books are very good and they hold up against both biblical and geopolitical scrutiny" and I'm not sure what would that mean...

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    When you looked for "hold up" (intransitive) in a dictionary, what did it say? – Greybeard Aug 2 at 7:58

hold up

to continue in the same condition without failing or losing effectiveness or force

She's holding up well under the pressure.

Similar to stand up

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  • Yes I know that but the phrase up is "to hold up AGAINST" and this is confusing me... – Script Aug 2 at 8:31
  • Against here can be interpreted as facing. – Pedant Aug 2 at 8:37

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